Health Administration Salaries in Illinois

For 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that the annual median wage for healthcare administrators in Illinois is an above-the-national rate of $106,880. The cream of the crop, the top ten percent of administrators in the state, make over $205,000 a year.

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Home to more than 26,000 healthcare related companies, the BLS reports that in 2020 the Chicago metro area paid out $13.6 billion for medical and health service manager salaries. That highlights how the entire region is a hub for medical innovation and a center for advanced treatment that draws in both patients and healthcare professionals.

The Illinois Medical District, just outside the Loop, encompasses 560 acres of labs, medical research facilities, and hospitals… all of which require well-educated and capable administrators to hold together and sustain growth. As the demand for expertise grows, so do wages, both in Chicago and elsewhere in the state.

Job Growth Trends in Healthcare Administration

The BLS reports more than 344,000 healthcare practitioners and technical professionals employed throughout Illinois in 2020. That signifies why the demand for the state’s 13,600 medical and health service managers is so acute. The Illinois Department of Employment Security projects a six percent increase in medical and health service manager positions between 2018 and 2028. That amounts to 1,310 openings each year, a combination of newly created positions and turnover in existing roles.

Salaries for Illinois’s Healthcare Administrators According to Location

The Chicago area tops the state in the number of administrators employed, with more than 10,500 working in the region. Although their salaries are higher than those in the other top four areas of employment concentration in the state, for the best median wage Danville wins out at $124,710. In the 90th percentile, rural East Central Illinois offers the highest salary with $199,130 annually.

Chicago-Naperille-Elgin

  • 25th percentile: $85,290
  • Median: $110,590
  • 90th percentile: NA

Peoria

  • 25th percentile: $86,220
  • Median: $105,630
  • 90th percentile: NA

Rockford

  • 25th percentile: $76,500
  • Median: $105,400
  • 90th percentile: $166,550

Springfield

  • 25th percentile: $74,820
  • Median: $101,680
  • 90th percentile: NA

The employment and salary data for the remainder of the Illinois BLS areas, both urban and rural, is shown below:

Area Name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bloomington
170
111060
Carbondale-Marion
220
99060
Champaign-Urbana
340
129650
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin
10510
128980
Danville
80
127530
Decatur
80
97070
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
250
116350
Kankakee
150
114770
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
300
104950
Peoria
620
127250
Rockford
260
112350
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
230
105940
Springfield
140
124400
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
480
94910

2020 US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary figures for Medical and Health Services Managers.

Job growth projections sourced from the Illinois Department of Employment Security and published in the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Long Term Occupational Projections (2018-2028) database – https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm.

Salary figures and job market projections represent state data, not school-specific information.

Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed August 2021.

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